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New Build Sun Worry

edited March 2022 in Garden design
Hi all, we're about to reserve a plot with a south-west facing garden which is 9m x 9m. It's circled on the map (no. 65) and I'm worried that the house at the bottom of the garden (no. 64) will block light onto it. It's a typical 2 story house. Please can anybody advise? Thank you!


  • I'm guessing when you say you've reserved a plot the properties haven't yet been built? If they have you could always ask if they'll let you stand in the garden so you can see.

    I have a south (marginally south west) facing back garden (about 5m x 8m I think) and there's a terrace directly at the end of it. I definitely wouldn't say that they block any light. My garden is a sun trap and on a hot day is unbearable to sit out in until after 2pm. 

    Even if there is some shade, there's still plenty you can do with it. I'm having to create shade so I can actually sit out in my garden! 

    That's my experience but others may have different ones 🙂
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,144
    I agree. My garden faces a similar way and there is hardly any shade at all in high summer from around midday until around 7pm, when ironically my neighbour's house starts to block the sinking sun.
    The only way l can see it being a problem is if the neighbouring house is one of those tall 3 storey types.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,149
    You can build the properties on google sketchup and it will provide full sun path diagrams with shadows. The developers might be able to get their CAD technicians to knock up the drawing for a small fee if you can't work sketchup.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • Thankyou for all your comments they've really reassured me! The house is half built so there is a lot of scaffolding where the garden would be so it's difficult to imagine it. The neighbour is definitely not a 3 story house so that's good. I'll get onto Sketchup and see what I can do. 

    Thankyou again!
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,259
    You do need a space in a south west facing garden to escape the heat in the summer.
    The sun is a lot stronger now so if you do go ahead perhaps you could have two places to sit one in the sun and one in the shade? You also have the opportunity to plant lots of plants that can cope with the heat which is very exciting.
    Looking forward to my new garden with clay soil here in South Notts.

    Gardening is so exciting I wet my plants. 
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